Today we have author D. Lieber visiting. Welcome!
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
* When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.
* She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).
Today D. Lieber will be talking about the best writing advice she’s ever received.
* The best writing advice I’ve ever received was actually directed to an entire audience at a convention (C2E2 2014 to be exact). One of the authors on the All Things Fantastic panel made an off-handed comment that she writes stories she wants to read that haven’t been written yet. This statement made a huge impact on me in a few ways. On one hand, it encouraged me to take the leap into novel writing; I had previously stuck to poetry and short stories. On the other hand, it emphasized that authors should write for themselves before anyone else. This advice has gotten me through all of the stages of self-doubt, which accompany any form of artistic pursuit.
A look into…
~ Blurb ~
* Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
* When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
* Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.
~ Excerpt ~
* Clutching my new tambourine, I walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. Reilley grabbed the drum and started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, my red skirt danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as long as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining performance.
* We fed on each other’s energy and ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the last beat echoed off the trees.
* “You’re enchanting,” Reilley complimented smoothly.
* “I’m only expressing your music and following your lead.”
* He flushed with pleasure at the high praise.
* “Could you do me a favor?” I asked him.
* He nodded.
* “Would you unplait my hair? It should be dry by now.”
* His eyes gleamed like I’d given him a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, he gently unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate them. I shivered.
* “Thank you,” I whispered.
* As his hands gently stroked the dark locks, I became aware that we were very alone. We’d been alone before, but this time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. His hands stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly became uncomfortable.
Thank you for joining us here today, D. Lieber! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.
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